The Sensorial curriculum is designed to help the child focus his attention more carefully on the physical world, exploring with each of his senses the subtle variations in the properties of objects.

At first, the child may simply be asked to sort among a prepared series of objects that vary by only one aspect, such as height, length, or width. Others challenge him to find identical pairs, or focus on very different physical properties, such as aroma, taste, weight, shades of color, temperature, or sound. These exercises are essentially puzzles, and they tend to fascinate the children because they are just difficult enough to represent a meaningful challenge. Each has a built-in control of error, which allows the child who is observant to check his own work.